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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty



The game was first announced back in October 2021.
Back then the title of the game was not yet revealed, only that it is a collaboration between the devs of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms series and the devs of the Nioh series.

At the Xbox Game Event, we finally saw a teaser trailer and title reveal.
The game is titled Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty.

Launch window: Early 2023
Available on:

  • PS5
  • PS4
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Gamepass (Day One)
  • Windows PC




From gematsu.com

About

From Masaaki Yamagiwa, the producer of Bloodborne, and Fumihiko Yasuda, the producer of Nioh, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty follows the dramatic, action-packed story of a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty where demons plague the Three Kingdoms. Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.

Key Features

Demons in the Kingdom – A dark fantasy set during the chaotic Three Kingdoms period, the narrative vividly tells the tale of a militia soldier’s strenuous fight for survival during a Later Han Dynasty infested with demons. It’s madness in the Three Kingdoms like never before!​
Awaken the Power – Defeat deadly enemies to boost morale and awaken the power from within! Overcome adversity through unique new strategies, including battle styles based on the “Five Phases.”​
Live by the Sword – Renowned for ruthless strikes that can change the tide of battle in an instant, sword practitioners of the Chinese martial arts gracefully change pace as they shift between offensive and defensive maneuvers. Overwhelm opponents with a flurry of force in a series of intense and bloody battles while learning the precision and skill necessary to become a true master of the sword.​










































- Extra information / speculation -

The name ''Wo Long'' or ( 卧龙)
has several different meanings:
  • The literal meaning is ''hidden dragon''
  • The figurative meaning is ''emperor in hiding''
  • It is also used to describe ''an outstanding person who lives in solitude'' and ''undiscovered talent''
  • It is also a nickname of Zhuge Liang, a key strategist during the Three Kingdoms era.
The character with the yellow turban is probably Zhang Jiao, a talented scholar and a cult leader of the ''Yellow Turban Rebellion''.

A depiction of Zhang Jiao in Dynasty Warriors 9


A depiction of Zhang Jiao in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV

The character on the horse at the end of the teaser trailer is most definitely Lu Bu, an infamous Chinese general known for his military might.

A depiction of Lu Bu in Dynasty Warriors 9


A depiction of Lu Bu in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV

The mentioned battle styles which are based on the ''Five Phases'', or ''Five Stances'', or ''Five Elements'' are the styles found below.
 
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YukiOnna

Member
Musou or character action game like Nioh... I'm on board either way. Team Ninja has really won me over in recent years.
Can only guess from the description:
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty follows the dramatic, action-packed story of a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty where demons plague the Three Kingdoms. Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.

Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.
 

Clear

Gold Member
Can only guess from the description:
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty follows the dramatic, action-packed story of a nameless militia soldier fighting for survival in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty where demons plague the Three Kingdoms. Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.

Players fight off deadly creatures and enemy soldiers using swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts, attempting to overcome the odds by awakening the true power from within.

Nioh reskin? I'll take it either way!
 

YukiOnna

Member
If this is indeed Nioh-like then I wonder if Team NInja will finally realize the open world/hub style they initially planned Nioh 2 to be. Would be cool.
 

Jormatar

Member
Kinda curious about the no mention of platforms yet. Did Microsoft moneyhat that information or what's up with that? We usually know the platforms for games releasing within a year after showcase is over.
 
Doubt it. No mention of even launch exclusivity.
I think it is an exclusive.
Phil mentioned going to Japan to work on it and it being a partnership, something he wouldn't need to do for a multiplatform game. On top of that they didn't have "console launch exclusive " which is what they do with with timed exclusives, and while they didn't say exclusive they didn't say that for any if the exclusive xbox first party games other than Starfield.
 
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BennyBlanco

aka IMurRIVAL69
Kinda curious about the no mention of platforms yet. Did Microsoft moneyhat that information or what's up with that? We usually know the platforms for games releasing within a year after showcase is over.

Same thing with Persona. Leaks have it going everywhere but they only announced xbox and PC (not steam). My ass will be blasted if that persona 3 remaster is not on steam. I think they just agreed not to announce other platforms yet.
 

Clear

Gold Member
I think it is an exclusive.
Phil mentioned going to Japan to work on it and it being a partnership, something he wouldn't need to do for a multiplatform game. On top of that they didn't have "console launch exclusive " which is what they do with with timed exclusives, and while they didn't say exclusive they didn't say that for any if the exclusive xbox first party games other than Starfield.

Nah. Watch the stream, they had multiple opportunities to label it as an exclusive both before and during the trailer and in Phil's little talking bit afterwards. The emphasis was on day#1 for console and PC Gamepass only. No mention of exclusivity at all.
Which kinda makes sense as if its a Nioh variant, its going to have 3 DLC add-ons which should allow them to make money on top of whatever MS are charging for exclusivity.

BTW. I wouldn't read too much into the Bloodborne connection, he's an old friend of Yasuda's who he went to throughout the development of the Nioh games for his advice and feedback - their relationship is covered in some depth in the cutscenes (archipel) doc on YT
 

YukiOnna

Member
Nah. Watch the stream, they had multiple opportunities to label it as an exclusive both before and during the trailer and in Phil's little talking bit afterwards. The emphasis was on day#1 for console and PC Gamepass only. No mention of exclusivity at all.
Which kinda makes sense as if its a Nioh variant, its going to have 3 DLC add-ons which should allow them to make money on top of whatever MS are charging for exclusivity.

BTW. I wouldn't read too much into the Bloodborne connection, he's an old friend of Yasuda's who he went to throughout the development of the Nioh games for his advice and feedback - their relationship is covered in some depth in the cutscenes (archipel) doc on YT
I don't know if he was ever credited for the Nioh games, but Xbox specify it's a joint creation between the two this time.
A joint creation by Team NINJA producers Fumihiko Yasuda (Nioh) and Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne)
 
Nah. Watch the stream, they had multiple opportunities to label it as an exclusive both before and during the trailer and in Phil's little talking bit afterwards. The emphasis was on day#1 for console and PC Gamepass only. No mention of exclusivity at all.
Which kinda makes sense as if its a Nioh variant, its going to have 3 DLC add-ons which should allow them to make money on top of whatever MS are charging for exclusivity.

BTW. I wouldn't read too much into the Bloodborne connection, he's an old friend of Yasuda's who he went to throughout the development of the Nioh games for his advice and feedback - their relationship is covered in some depth in the cutscenes (archipel) doc on YT
They only labelled the timed exclusives as "Console Launch Exclusive".
If you rewatch the stream when Forza comes up there is no mention of xbox console exclusive, yet we know it absolutely is.
The only game they used Xbox Console Exclusive on was Starfield, and that was to stop all the Sony fanboys from saying that maybe it's coming to PS.
 
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Clear

Gold Member
I don't know if he was ever credited for the Nioh games, but Xbox specify it's a joint creation between the two this time.
A joint creation by Team NINJA producers Fumihiko Yasuda (Nioh) and Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne)

Yasuda is the head of Team Ninja and Yamigiwa got laid off by Sony when they restructured Japan studio a little over a year ago.
The timeline kinda says it all, seems like a bit of opportunistic brand-name checking.
 
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